Friday, February 10, 2017

Artist I've Been Diggin: Khalid

The first song that I listened to by Khalid was "Location" because two of my friends were conversing about it. I have to admit, I didn't really like the song when I first heard it, but it eventually grew on me. After listening to "Location" I listened to "Shot Down" and I was automatically sold. "Shot Down" begins with a chant like harmony that comes back later on in the song and it seems to allow Khalid's voice to transcend to a completely different level of awesomeness; his voice is both harsh and smooth on the track and he flows on the beat quite well.

I would probably describe Khalid's sound as being similar to that of Sampha and ODIE, although Khalid probably falls somewhere in between the two. Nonetheless, their styles, though similar, are also distinctively different.

Most of the songs I've heard by Khalid have been about love and heartbreak, which can get cliche pretty quickly, but it seems to work for him. I also noticed that his voice has a sort of sluggish quality to it, which is something that you can either rock with or turn away from; I rock with it. I find his voice and his music to be quite soothing and in fact, for the past week or so, I've been listening to it while doing homework and other little tasks such as replying to emails.

If you happen to check his stuff out, let me know what you think in the comments section below.


Other songs that I would recommend:
"Let's Go"

If you care to know a little bit more about Khalid: FADER did a cool little documentary about him which you can find here.